Like I said before, Westgate is one of the most important projects in Pasadena coming from a pedestrian perspective, which is all too often ignored in a metropolis dominated by the “driver mentality.” There’s nothing worse in an urban district, ostensibly built for pedestrians, than underutilized land (the area Westgate is on now).
One of the most exciting things I learned about Westgate is the attention to pedestrian linkages the project has for the community surrounding it. With the development adding new residents to the once empty land west of Central Park, it will finally be necessary to add a crosswalk in the middle of Fair Oaks Ave., allowing pedestrians access to Central Park and the Del Mar Gold Line metro station, and vice versa.
The point of all this is to expand the walkable area; In essence, expanding the urban playground for pedestrians starved for a larger place to walk freely. Will Central Park finally be used more often by people traversing through to get to Westgate?